It’s because of Joe Biden that blacks who use cocaine get more time in prison than whites

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

October 1, 2020

I think drugs should be legal. They had to amend the Constitution when the federal government banned alcohol, and I don’t see anything different in the Constitution that lets the federal government ban cocaine without also amending the Constitution. I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in 2016. I’ll be voting for Libertarian Jo Jorgensen this year.

It’s because of Joe Biden that blacks who use cocaine get more time in prison than whites. The New York Times wrote the following about Joe Biden:

Joe Biden on Crime and Mass Incarceration

During the ’80s and ’90s, Mr. Biden helped shepherd a string of bills that transformed the criminal justice system – and, experts say, hurt America’s black communities.

As Joseph R. Biden Jr. makes his third run for the White House, he is being pressed to answer for his role in legislation that criminal justice experts say helped lay the groundwork for the mass incarceration that has devastated America’s black communities.

During the 1980s and 1990s, when Mr. Biden was a senator from Delaware, he and other leaders of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee helped fashion a string of bills that overhauled the country’s crime laws.

Among the most significant were: the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984, which established mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses; the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act, which imposed harsher sentences for possession of crack than for possession of powder cocaine; and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, which was essentially a catchall tough-on-crime bill.

That New York Times article links to this other New York Times article, which says:

‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration

Now, more than 25 years later, as Mr. Biden makes his third run for the White House in a crowded field of Democrats – many calling for ambitious criminal justice reform — he must answer for his role in legislation that criminal justice experts and his critics say helped lay the groundwork for the mass incarceration that has devastated America’s black communities. That he worked with segregationists to write the bills — an issue that recently dominated the political news and seems likely to resurface in Mr. Biden’s first debate on Thursday – has only added to his challenge. So has the fact that black voters are such a crucial Democratic constituency.

October 1, 2020. Tags: , , , , . Joe Biden, Racism, War on drugs.

3 Comments

  1. A. L. Luttrell replied:

    Reblogged this on ARLIN REPORT……………….walking this path together.

  2. gregdougall replied:

    What about Hunter?

    • gregdougall replied:

      I mean, he only sniffs because he inherited that trait from his dad…

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